Bayer CropScience Announces Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow Plant Health Demonstration Courses

Bayer CropScience Announces Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow Plant Health
Demonstration Courses

Two selected golf courses to generate data and case studies on plant.

Environmental Science, a division of Bayer CropScience LP, today announced the
inaugural Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow Plant Health Demonstration Courses,
which will serve as "living labs" for researchers and superintendents to test
plant health technologies in a real-world setting. Whitemarsh Valley Country
Club in Lafayette Hill, Pa., was chosen to represent the Cool Season region;
and the Tournament Players Club (TPC) Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., was
selected to represent the Warm Season region.

"We're proud to work with the innovative teams at Whitemarsh Valley Country
Club and TPC Sawgrass to help bring industry-leading plant health and plant
science expertise directly to superintendents," said Scott Welge, head of
marketing for Bayer's Professional Turf & Ornamental Business. "A golf course
represents a significant amount of acres that people interact with every day;
and by utilizing these courses to study plant health, we're helping provide a
viable, long-term, sustainable solution for the industry."

Findings from the Plant Health Demonstration Courses will help support local
Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) chapters with case
studies and best practices that focus on their specific climates and turf
species. In addition, data from the research trials will feed into the Plant
Health Academy curriculum. Tony Gustaitis, CGCS, of Whitemarsh Valley Country
Club, and Clay Breazeale, Class A, of TPC Sawgrass, THE PLAYERS Stadium
Course, were selected from among the 12 Plant Health Academy scholars to host
the inaugural Plant Health Demonstration Courses.

"In Northern Florida, temperatures can fluctuate frequently, and we're playing
upwards of 45,000 rounds in 10 months, so it's a long seven- or eight-month
stretch to make sure we get to THE PLAYERS with strong, healthy turf for the
PGA TOUR professionals," said Breazeale. "Foot traffic is probably our number
one pressure, and a stronger, denser, healthier plant can help us best
withstand this pressure through the non-growing season. We're excited to be
involved in any program that supports the mission of the Environmental
Institute for Golf (EIFG); and we look forward to working with Bayer and
GCSAA, and to seeing the results of a proactive plant health program at our

Research trials will assess parameters such as visual turf quality (rating),
disease incidence, fertility, and radiometric measurements; and from the data
collected, correlations will be made between visual parameters and radiometric
outputs including RVI (ratio vegetative index). Stressors introduced in the
studies may include aerification, shading, water reduction and fertility

"To me, all superintendents are stewards for the environment," said Gustaitis.
"Golf course greens are so carefully maintained, golfers sometimes forget
these are real plants – and it's the health of these plants that means a
better course for them to play on, and in turn, a better game. I'm honored,
and it's an honor for Whitemarsh, to even be considered as one of the two
courses in the country to be associated with this program. The way Bayer is
looking at plant health is really a positive for the industry."

The Plant Health Demonstration Courses are part of Healthy Turf, Healthy
Tomorrow, a multi-faceted program aimed at advancing plant health research and
education for superintendents to help ensure the health of their courses – and
the industry – for the future. In addition to the Plant Health Demonstration
Courses, Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow also comprises the Plant Health
Academy, webinars and scholarships.

To fund Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow, Bayer will invest a percentage of its
StressGard™ Formulation Technology (FT) product sales each year for three
years, which is expected to generate a minimum of $100,000 per year for the
EIFG. This will be used to fund both the new program, and also the EIFG's
research, education, advocacy and scholarship initiatives executed by GCSAA.

Bayer has been developing products with plant health attributes for nearly 20
years, starting with the origin of StressGard FT, a technology now featured in
four Bayer fungicides including Tartan®, Chipco Triton® Flo, Interface®, and
Chipco® Signature™. StressGard FT helps fortify natural plant defenses and
promote plant growth. To learn more about StressGard FT and other Bayer
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About Bayer CropScience

Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health
care, agriculture and high-tech materials. This year the company is
celebrating 150 years of Bayer – consistent with its mission "Bayer: Science
For A Better Life". Bayer CropScience, the subgroup of Bayer AG responsible
for the agricultural business, has annual sales of EUR 8,383 million (2012)
and is one of the world's leading innovative crop science companies in the
areas of seeds, crop protection and non-agricultural pest control. The company
offers an outstanding range of products including high value seeds, innovative
crop protection solutions based on chemical and biological modes of action as
well as an extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture. In
the area of non-agricultural applications, Bayer CropScience has a broad
portfolio of products and services to control pests from home and garden to
forestry applications. The company has a global workforce of 20,800 and is
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About the EIFG

The EIFG is the philanthropic organization of the Golf Course Superintendents
Association of America, and has as its mission to foster sustainability
through research, awareness, education, programs and scholarships for the
benefit of golf course management professionals, golf facilities and the game.
With respect for the game and the environment, the EIFG inspires
environmental, social and economic progress through golf for the benefit of
communities. Collaboration between the golf industry, environmental interests
and communities will lead to programs and services beneficial to all who come
into contact with the game of golf. Visit the EIFG at


GCSAA is a leading golf organization and has as its focus golf course
management. Since 1926, GCSAA has been the top professional association for
the men and women who manage golf courses in the United States and worldwide.
From its headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., the association provides education,
information and representation to nearly 18,000 members in more than 72
countries. GCSAA's mission is to serve its members, advance their profession
and enhance the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. Find GCSAA
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